County government candidate Lee Weingart echoes Prosecutor Michael O’Malley’s name for evaluate of debt; County Government Armond Budish says bond financing is doable.
CLEVELAND — For greater than two years, leaders within the space have been learning easy methods to substitute the Cuyahoga County jail, one which all of them agree is poorly designed, overcrowded and a supply of ongoing issues associated to its design.
However now, as Cuyahoga County officers transfer nearer to constructing a brand new jail, some are questioning whether or not the county taxpayers can afford the value tag, anticipated to be near $500 million.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley – a member of the brand new jail steering committee – lately requested if the county can afford to tackle new debt to finance the venture. O’Malley declined to talk on digital camera concerning the challenge with 3News’ Mark Naymik, however he first informed The Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com that he needs an unbiased monetary evaluate of the county’s borrowing energy earlier than committing to a timeline.
Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Lee Weingart, who’s already campaigning in subsequent 12 months’s election for county government, mentioned in an announcement right now that he echoes O’Malley’s name for a evaluate of the county’s capability to finance the venture.
Weingart, a Republican, has for months been commenting on County Government Armond Budish, a Democrat, who has not introduced his political plans.
Budish declined an on-camera interview right now, however a spokeswoman informed 3News that the county has the capability to borrow cash for the venture with out elevating taxes.
County officers are additionally planning for a brand new courthouse someday within the close to future. The present one adjoins the jail and is taken into account inefficient by many.
The steering committee engaged on the jail and courthouse venture have mentioned constructing a campus-like setting for each services.
Ultimate plans and prices haven’t been settled.